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Student Cluster Competition ISC’15 – the Results

It was a great competition. Universities from all around the world competing on building the best HPC system under the power limitation of 3000 Watts.

The results:

Fan Favorite award went to Purdue University & Universidad EAFIT

The highest Linpack score, and actually setting a new record of 10.7 Teraflop – Jamia Millia Islamia University


Overall competition 3rd place  – University of Science and Technology of China


Overall competition 2nd place – the defending champions of 2014, Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC)


And the Grand Champion – Tsinghua University


I want to congratulate all teams – by getting to ISC’15 after months of hard work and preparations, they already won. Now it is the time to start working on the 2016 competition. We plan to put out the call for participation by Aug.


Final Conference of 2014 – HPCAC South Africa Conference

Held in the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, the last HPC Advisory Council conference for 2014. Many thanks to Brian Sparks for managing the event, as well as to Prof. Dhabaleswar K. Panda (Ohio State University), Hussein Harake (Swiss Supercomputing Centre), Dr. Robert Sinkovits (San Diego Supercomputing Center) and Addison Snell (Intersect360) for their presentations. 2015, here we go…



The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition will Start Tomorrow at ISC’14

The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition, featured at ISC’14, is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition will start tomorrow, and will feature small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, eleven teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

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The HPCAC Conference in Brazil

We had the first HPC Advisory Council conference in Brazil. Held together with the Sao Paulo University. We hosted around 70 HPC professionals and 50 students from the University.

The conference was sponsored by Inspur, NVIDIA, SGI, Supermicro and Newwald. InsideHPC covered the event and videos can be found on The presentations from the conference can be found on

For me it was my first visit in Brazil. Probably would be better to do it one month after (the world cup….) but still, was happy to be there. Great people, great food and increase usage of HPC for many applications.

I want to thank Alexandre Ramos from the University of Sao Paulo that helped us with organizing the conference.


Gilad Shainer

HPC Music

HPCmusic is an advanced research project about High Performance Computing and Music Production dedicated to enable HPC in music creation. It’s goal is to develop HPC cluster solutions that further enable the future of music production.

During the last 10 years, with the advancement of HPC, it gradually became possible to create a cluster that can facilitate the musical size of a full orchestra and let the composers change the ‘notes’ and the ‘feel’ of the music in real time. No other technological solution ever managed to achieve this.

We now have the chance to set the standards on how a cluster should work in order to serve composers on creating music inside a dedicated virtual environment. The goal is to provide the composer the ability to incorporate all the qualities of a symphonic orchestra, the improvisation of a jazz band and repeatability and consistency of a hybrid analog/digital system.

Antonis Karalis research to date clearly indicates that HPC projects are the only way to move music forward. With low latency systems that become transparent to the composer we increase the potential of new musical ideas.

You can read more by looking at the HPCmusic subgroup under the council subgroups section.

Below Antonis Karalis working on a cluster at the HPC Advisory Council cluster center.


Gilad, HPC Advisory Council Chairman.

The 2nd GraphLab Workshop – Update

The main aim of the 2nd GraphLab workshop is to bring together researchers from academia, as well as data scientists from industry with the special focus of large scale machine learning on sparse graphs. We have secured talks and demos about the hottest graph processing systems out there: GraphLab (CMU/UW), Pregel (Google), Giraph (Facebook) , Cassovary (Twitter), Naiad (Microsoft Research), GraphBuilder (Intel Labs), Grappa (UW), Combinatorial BLAS (LBNL/UCSB), Allegro Graph (Franz) ,Neo4j (Neo Technology), Titan (Aurelius), DEX (Sparsity Technologies), YarcData and others!

The workshop will take place on Monday July 1st at the Nikko Hotel SF. Workshop website:


Dr. Danny Bickson

Carnegie Mellon University

The 2nd GraphLab Workshop

The 2nd GraphLab workshop ( brings together researchers from industry and academia to discuss challenges of applied large scale machine learning, with the focus of sparse graph algorithms. It is a single track one day event to be held on Monday July 1st in San Francisco.

We are going to have talks and demonstrations of the hottest graph computation frameworks:

GraphLab (UW + CMU), Giraph (Facebook), Pregel (Google), Cassovary (Twitter),

Computational BLAS (LNL) and others.


HPC Advisory Council members can receive 15% discount – please contact for more info.


Dr. Danny Bickson

Carnegie Mellon University

HPCAC Swiss Conference

An overdue post…. Mid-March we had the 4th HPC Advisory Council Swiss conference, hosted together with the Swiss supercomputer center. 120 Attendees participated in the conference and we would like to thank them and to thank the presenters and the sponsors. The presentations can be view at

Special thanks to Hussein Harake for all his effort and dedication!

Our next conference will be in June as part of ISC’13.




HPCAC 2012 Spain Conference

Last week we had our first Spain conference, organized together with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The conference held in the Malaga University, Malaga. Malaga is a great place to visit in the summer if you like good food and enjoy the sea. And of course, if there is a HPC conference nearby…. :-)

70 attendees joined us for a full day of interesting presentations from great speakers. You can find all of the presentations at InsideHPC covered the day and you can find some videos on

I want to thank all of our sponsors – AMD, Dell, HP, Mellanox, Panasas and Boston. Without them we could not have the event.

Our next conference is in China – October 28th!



HPCAC Spain 2012